Scoreless stalemate between Tottenham and Man City

Manchester City spent nearly £100m on talent in the close season but it was their modest investment in keeper Joe Hart who enabled them to come away with a fortunate 0-0 draw at Tottenham.
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Manchester City spent nearly £100m on talent in the close season but it was their modest investment in keeper Joe Hart who enabled them to come away with a fortunate 0-0 draw at Tottenham.

Hart’s first half performance saved City from being on the end of an embarrassing scoreline for the first game of the season.

The former Birmingham loanee saved acrobatically from Jermain Defoe, Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto as Spurs started strongly.

Even when Hart was beaten luck was on his side as Gareth Bale struck the foot of the post as City were overwhelmed.

City did improve after the break and Shaun Wright-Phillips came closest, but Hart twice kept out efforts from Roman Pavlyuchenko.

City boss Roberto Mancini will be relieved they come away with a rare point, having stopped a run of six straight league defeats at White Hart Lane.

TOTTENHAM
01 Gomes
03 Bale
20 Dawson
22 Corluka
26 King
32 Assou-Ekotto
06 Huddlestone
07 Lennon (Giovani 77)
14 Modric
15 Crouch (Keane 68)
18 Defoe (Pavlyuchenko 68)

Substitutes
23 Cudicini,
04 Kaboul,
19 Bassong,
12 Wilson Palacios,
09 Pavlyuchenko,
10 Keane,
17 Giovani

MANCHESTER CITY
25 Hart
02 Richards
04 Kompany yellow card
13 Kolarov (Zabaleta 46 yellow card)
28 Kolo Toure
08 Wright-Phillips (A Johnson 67)
18 Barry
21 Silva
34 De Jong
42 Yaya Toure
32 Tevez (Adebayor 83)

Substitutes
01 Given,
05 Zabaleta,
19 Lescott,
11 A Johnson,
24 Vieira,
09 Adebayor,
27 Jo

Referee: Andre Marriner
Att: 35,928

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